Let's talk about the struggle of trying to cook healthy, delicious meals in the middle of moving.
That is what I am dealing with right now. It's hard.
Last Saturday PH and I moved into our new house! I am so happy to be in it, and I love it! So many people came to help us and we got all the boxes and bins inside the house. We are currently going through the process of unpacking those boxes and bins and figuring out where things should go. It takes awhile. Impatient me wishes I could take a week off work and get it all done. I can't though, so slow going it is! Then, PH got sick, which has set us back in unpacking since I'm mostly doing it myself right now. Plus we've had some family gatherings come up. To top it off, we didn't have running water in the house until Tuesday night. It's hard to live somewhere without running water. This isn't the Garden of Eden after all. I need water!
So, making a meal has been pretty rough. HOWEVER!!! I want to share with you something that I find quite amazing...Dream Dinners!
So, if you aren't a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints let me explain something to you. We have the largest women's organization in the world: The Relief Society. Everywhere that you move to in the world where the church exists (which is most countries... if not all at this point) you can find a congregation, called a ward or branch, and the Relief Society will be there. Each ward/branch has a Relief Society President who is in charge of her ward's group of women. It's a big job, overseeing the welfare of the group of women in her ward, as well as their families. They don't have to do it alone obviously, there is a whole structure set up.
Well, when we were moving we contacted members of our local ward to ask for help moving. One of those who came to help is the daughter of the Relief Society president. She brought us two Dream Dinners from her mom. These dinners are pre-packaged, frozen dinners, will ALL the ingredients and directions right there in the bag. When you're ready to make it, you take it out and defrost it and cook it right up!
I made one on Sunday night. It was a chicken dish and it came with a side of asparagus. PH was amazed at how quickly I made the meal. We were both impressed by how delicious and tasty the food turned out! They divide their bags up into portions, so we were given two meals that were made for a family of 3. (Hence the large 3 in the photo up there). Tonight I am making these pork chops.
I really love life saving tools like this that make meal planning easier. Here is their website. You can find a store near you, or order online! Tonight I am going to make these Pork chops and I'll update you on how they turned out!
So remember my mom's post yesterday about menu planning? You can definitely use those sheets off Etsy and plug in some of these meals for those especially busy times! Or those times where you have no running water, but you just want a home cooked meal. So check out the website, and don't forget to buy your menu planning sheets! Fill in all the other blanks with previous recipes (as well as the forthcoming ones. I promise I will cook again! ) and get your dinner on!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!